How to Deploy Configuration Baselines in Configuration Manager


Updated: May 14, 2015

Applies To: System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1, System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP2, System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager, System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager SP1

Configuration baselines in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager must be deployed to one or more collections of users or devices before client devices in those collections can assess their compliance with the configuration baseline.

Use the Deploy Configuration Baselines dialog box to define configuration baseline deployments, which includes adding or removing configuration baselines from deployments in addition to specifying the evaluation schedule.

To deploy a configuration baseline

  1. In the Configuration Manager console, click Assets and Compliance.

  2. In the Assets and Compliance workspace, expand Compliance Settings, and then click Configuration Baselines.

  3. In the Configuration Baselines list, select the configuration baseline that you want to deploy, and then in the Home tab, in the Deployment group, click Deploy.

  4. In the Deploy Configuration Baselines dialog box, select the configuration baselines that you want to deploy in the Available configuration baselines list. Click Add to add these to the Selected configuration baselines list.


    If you change a configuration item that has been added to a deployed configuration baseline, the revised configuration item is not evaluated for compliance until its next scheduled evaluation time.

  5. Specify the following additional information:

    - **Remediate noncompliant rules when supported** – Enable this option to automatically remediate any rules that are noncompliant for Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI), the registry, scripts, and all settings for mobile devices that are enrolled by Configuration Manager.
    - **Allow remediation outside the maintenance window** – If a maintenance window has been configured for the collection to which you are deploying the configuration baseline, enable this option to let compliance settings remediate the value outside of the maintenance window. For more information about maintenance windows, see [How to Use Maintenance Windows in Configuration Manager](hh508762\(v=technet.10\).md).
  6. Generate an alert – Enable this option to configure an alert that is generated if the configuration baseline compliance is less than a specified percentage by a specified date and time. You can also specify whether you want an alert to be sent to System Center Operations Manager.

  7. Collection: Click Browse to select the collection where you want to deploy the configuration baseline.

  8. Specify the compliance evaluation schedule for this configuration baseline: Specifies the schedule by which the deployed configuration baseline is evaluated on client computers. This can be either a simple or a custom schedule.


    If the configuration baseline is deployed to a computer, it is evaluated for compliance within two hours of the start time that you schedule. If it is deployed to a user, it is evaluated for compliance when the user logs on.

  9. Click OK to close the Deploy Configuration Baselines dialog box and to create the deployment. For more information about how to monitor the deployment, see How to Monitor for Compliance Settings in Configuration Manager.